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Andrew Hewitt

A dedicated lifeboat man carries on tradition... His first experience on a lifeboat was 20 years ago and he hopes to be rescuing people off the coast of Caister for the next two decades. Andrew Hewitt, 27, plans to be in the Caister Volunteer Lifeboat Service for the long run.

He first went on the Shirley Jean Adye craft when he was just seven years old and has gone on to be a dedicated crew member.
His granddad was a crewmember and went fishing with former coxswain Benny Read and Second coxswain of the present crew, Paul Williams. "As I got older I got more interested in the lifeboat and when I was 18, Skipper Woodhouse asked if I wanted to join the crew. I said yes and he said it was too late because I was already in," he said. He lives just a minute away from the lifeboat shed and loves the buzz of rescue and working with a team. "The thrill of going out there and seeing the look on their faces when you come to rescue them - their face beams," he said.

He can't wait to work with the Valentijn 2000 when the lifeboat service reaches its £800,000 target in a couple of years. "It is absolutely superb. She handles anything you can throw at her you could never get a better boat and she will serve us well for the next 15 to 20 years." Despite wanting to serve the lifeboat station until he retires, Andrew has no burning ambition to move up the ladder of power.

"Everybody wants to be coxswain but as long as I am fit and healthy and can be a crew member that is my ambition," he said.
"I have known all the crew since I was young and I was brought up with the lifeboat and want to carry on the tradition."

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